Saving California’s White Abalone

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California abalone harvest from Monterey, circa 1930. This pile of shells is the result of one morning’s cleaning operations. photo by R.S. Croker

Abalone have long played an important role in the cultural and ecological history of California. They were a favorite food and decoration for coastal Native American civilizations for thousands of years. Continue reading

Fisheries Partnerships: Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

As we enter into the summer months, it is almost unbelievable that the first six months of 2017 are now behind us. Looking back, we are deeply appreciative of the stakeholders who have already taken time to participate in a number of discussions CDFW has hosted to share information about our process that is currently underway to amend the existing Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan. Feedback received on topics such as a Continue reading

2016 CDFW Aerial Kelp Canopy Survey Results Now Available Online

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Kelp depicted in Administrative Kelp Bed #208, White Rock (Cambria) State Marine Conservation Area, in 2016. CDFW image

The results of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) 2016 aerial kelp survey are now available online. The 2016 survey covered both the full California mainland coast and the Channel Islands in Southern California.

Comparisons of the 2015 kelp canopy and the 2016 survey results show that both the south coast mainland and the Channel Islands experienced a decrease in kelp in 2016. The south coast mainland had almost half the canopy level surveyed in 2015, whereas the 2016 kelp canopy in the central through north coast Continue reading